iBAN's intermediary database

This database targets inclusive businesses looking for financial and/or technical support. The database lists organisations and initiatives providing different kinds of support, such as capital in the form of grants, loans and equity, or technical support in the form of advice, partnership brokering or networking support. 

Use the search filters below to narrow down your search for financial and/or technical support providers.

Further funding databases:

--> GET.invest: focused on renewable energy in Africa
--> Nexus for Development: focused on Southeast Asia 

ABOUT THE DATABASE

Who is this database for?

This database aims to serve inclusive businesses that are looking for sources of support to help them grow, ranging from capital to technical support.

 

What does the database cover?

This database lists organizations – here referred to as intermediaries – that provide technical and financial support to inclusive businesses. The database will continue growing as support organizations are registered. Inclusive businesses are diverse, and so too are the range of organizations that provide support and the types of support they offer. The resources listed cover a continuum of financing solutions, from grants and concessional financing to commercial finance and private equity. They also include organizations and initiatives providing technical assistance (TA), advice, partnership brokering, information, advocacy, and networking. The database is easy to navigate and provides useful filters such as the range of financial support provided and the stage of enterprise supported (if such information is available). 

The database does not include organizations offering microfinance. A comprehensive listing of these, sorted by country, can be viewed here. More organizations will be added over time and suggestions are welcome.

 

Why and how was the database developed?

Inclusive business entrepreneurs often face difficulties identifying partners that could provide crucial financial and technical support. Even though such support is available, information about it is often fragmented and hard to find. The database addresses this challenge, making information on financial and technical support easy to identify and navigate by providing easily searchable categories and filters.

The entries and information provided in the database are compiled by the research team using information publicly available on organization websites or provided directly by the organizations themselves. 

 

Who developed the database?

The Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business (now inclusivebusiness.net) and the Asian Development Bank set up this database to help overcome this challenge. The Connect to Grow programme supported further development of this database in 2016, specifically to include intermediaries in its target countries. In late 2017 and 2018, the DFID Impact Programme funded the most comprehensive review and update of the database yet, which was implemented by Endeva. The Endeva team reviewed the categories and all existing entries, and also added hundreds of entries with the support of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and other partners.

ANDE has just launched a new site of their own that provides data about financial and non-financial support available for small and growing businesses in a specific city or country. ANDE’s Ecosystem Snapshots aim to help those supporting entrepreneurs to foster conditions in which businesses can thrive. 

 

USING THE DATABASE

What can users search for on the database?

You can keep your search for organizations broad by just selecting the finance and/or technical support offering you are looking for or you can narrow down your search by selecting further filters such as type of organization, sector, region/country etc. If you are looking for a specific topic that is not included in the current category list, use the keywords search bar to search the entire database. This will return results on that topic from the whole database.

 

If users want all entries from Asia, does one need to select all Asian countries, too (or ditto for other continents)?

No. If you would like to see all the material for one continent, for example South Asia, select ‘South Asia’ under the ‘Region/Country’ filter and click on the ‘Apply’ button. This will bring up all intermediaries that provide support in South Asia.

 

Can users submit a new entry for inclusion or edit an existing entry in the database?

We recognise that this is not an exhaustive list and our aim is to add more organisations on a regular basis. Hence, we eagerly welcome new entries and encourage organisations to get listed. Go to your My iBAN-dashboard/My database entries, add a new entry and fill in the form with the details of the resource you wish to submit. The database team will review the entry before it is approved and post it on the site within a week. Please note that only submissions that match our criteria will be included.

We also encourage and welcome your feedback and suggestions of any other organizations that could be included. 

In addition, we value feedback on existing entries, as well as feedback on the usefulness of this database to your work. Please have a look and get back to us!

 

The link to a specific resource is not working, what can users do?

All our database entries directly link to external websites of organizations and authors from which resources can be accessed. Consequently, we have limited control over links and external resources may change over time. If you notice a dead link, please help us to keep the database up to date by writing an email to info[at]ib-an.net. The link will then be updated or removed.

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Intermediary Database

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Access to Capital for Rural Enterprises
Global

Access to Capital for Rural Enterprises (ACRE) is a platform to connect small and medium size enterprises to impact investors and business experts providing technical assistance. ACRE focuses on enterprises that require between USD 150,000 and USD 1.5 million in loan or equity finance.

Type of OrganisationNetwork/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount$150,000 - 500,000
Exact Amount$150,000 - 1.5 million
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageGrowth Companies
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
IB TopicsRural development, Environmental Impact, Results Measurement and Impact
Apna Arsh Pakistan
South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Pakistan, Uganda

Apna Arsh Pakistan provides research, analysis and implementation services, including strategic management, capacity building and training initiatives to micro and small enterprises.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy
Region/CountrySouth Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Pakistan, Uganda
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information sharing, resources and publications, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
IB TopicsEnvironmental Impact
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
East Asia and Pacific, South Asia, Europe and Central Asia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) assists its members, and partners, by providing loans, technical assistance, grants, and equity investments. ADB supports private sector development with direct financial assistance by funding and supporting private enterprises, financial institutions, and private equity funds, as well as by mobilizing international capital for private companies.

Type of OrganisationDevelopment Finance Institution, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, South Asia, Europe and Central Asia
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity, Grants and awards, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information sharing, resources and publications, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
IB TopicsEnvironmental Impact, Urban development
Asoko Insight
Sub-Saharan Africa

Asoko Insight provides superior data on Sub-Saharan African companies, public and private, to help organisations identify leads, research investment opportunities and monitor corporate developments. Asoko collects and updates company information through a variety of in-country sources. For USD 100 per month, clients can receive access to key potential business partners and support from Asoko to facilitate in-person meetings.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNot specified
IB TopicsEnvironmental Impact
Bank of Industry (BOI)
Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria

The Bank of Industry Limited (BOI) is a development financing institution providing financial solutions focusing on projects that use largely domestic raw materials in Nigeria. BOI manages foreign grants and aid that are given to facilitate attainment of the nation's developmental aspirations.

Type of OrganisationDevelopment Finance Institution, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity, Grants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
SectorAgriculture or Food
IB TopicsEnvironmental Impact, Gender
Christof Walter Consulting
Global

Christof Walter Consulting works with a global network of technical experts and specialists, providing support in the areas of sustainable sourcing strategies, technical due diligence, standards and certifications and feasibility and market studies. The services aim to help clients build supply chains and strategies, including the mapping of their supply base, assessment of risks, engagement with suppliers and farmers and secure supply in a sustainable way.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy
Region/CountryGlobal
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeNot specified
SectorAgriculture or Food, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
IB TopicsEnvironmental Impact, Rural development
Clean Technology Hub
Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria

Clean Tech Hub (Nigeria's Energy Innovation Center) is a hybrid hub for the development, demonstration and incubation of clean energy technologies in Africa. It incubates, supports, develops and invests seed funding in viable early-stage clean energy solutions and supports services with potential to drive energy access across several sectors and market value chains in Africa.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Physical co-working space, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
SectorEnergy
IB TopicsGender, Environmental Impact
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
South Asia
India

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) provides advisory and consultative solutions, works with the government on policy issues and provides a platform for networking. CII's focus is job creation, skill development and training, affirmative action, women parity, new models of development, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, governance and transparency.

Type of OrganisationNetwork/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform, NGO
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
IB TopicsInnovation, Environmental Impact, Gender
Dalberg
Global

Dalberg is a strategic advisory firm with services in strategy, evaluation, human-centred design, inclusive business growth, inclusive economic development, investing for development, leadership and talent, organisational effectiveness, and policy and advocacy.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy
Region/CountryGlobal
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information sharing, resources and publications, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeNot specified
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Health, Education, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods, Financial Services
IB TopicsGender, Environmental Impact, Urban development, Innovation
EcoSasa Developments
Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa

EcoSasa Developments is a consulting network working with smallholder agriculture in Southern Africa, connecting commercial agriculture and smallholders to improve production, efficiency and sustainability.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
SectorAgriculture or Food
IB TopicsEnvironmental Impact